SAILOR SHANTIES

Johnny come down to Hilo ~ Lyrics

(WINDLASS AND CAPSTAN SHANTY)

1. I nebber see de like since I bin born,
When a big buck nigger wid de sea boots on,
Says "Johnny come down to Hilo.
Poor old man."
Oh wake her, oh, shake her,
Oh wake dat gel wid de blue dress on,
When Johnny comes down to Hilo.
Poor old man.]

2. I lub a little gel across de sea,
She's a Badian[1] beauty and she sez to me,
"Oh Johnny,"etc.

3. Oh was you ebber down in Mobile Bay
Where dey screws de cotton on a summer day?
When Johnny,etc.

4. Did you ebber see de ole Plantation Boss
And de long-tailed filly and de big black hoss?
When Johnny,etc.

5. I nebber seen de like since I bin born
When a big buck nigger wid de sea boots on,
Says "Johnny come down,"etc.

[Footnote 1: i.e. Barbadian, to wit, a native of Barbados.]


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